Double-amputee Army veteran dies while paddle boarding

Cody Iorns, a 25-tear-old double-amputee Army veteran, died on Wednesday while paddle boarding in Maryland, authorities said.


An Army veteran and double amputee died on Wednesday while paddle boarding in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Md., authorities said.

The man was identified as Cody Iorns, 25, Washington, D. C. He was paddle boarding in the water off Tolly Point and Wednesday.

“We are at a loss for words,” Capital SUP Annapolis, a paddle boarding business, ” he wrote on Facebook. “He is our brother. He was an inspiration to everyone in and out of the water.”

Iorns was with three other paddle boarders as a member of the group saw him down in the water behind them, a Maryland Natural Resources police spokeswoman told the Capital Gazette. The group performed with the CPR as one paddle boarder went ashore for help.

The veteran was picked up in the water by an Anne Arundel County Fire department boat and pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

Officials said Iorns suffered an unspecified medical emergency while on the water and an autopsy was performed Thursday to determine the cause of death. He was wearing an inflatable life jacket while paddle boarding, but it didn’t blow up.

Iorns served in the Army as a field medic for the loss of both arms in a motorcycle accident, the Washington Post reported. According to the paper, Iorns was an avid paddle boarder who often participate in events and was profiled by National Geographic.

He told National Geographic that the challenges of learning to standup paddle boarding without the arms involved a lot, but said that “there is nothing, I’d rather not do.”

“I know that I feel so much better when I’m out, in an attempt to give something my 100 percent,” Iorns said.

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